The Atlanta Braves called up pitching prospect Kyle Muller on Wednesday to replace the injured Tucker Davidson who received some good news.
Anytime a young pitcher leaves the game with forearm tightness you expect the worse. But the Atlanta Braves dodged a bullet on Wednesday with the test results for Tucker Davidson.
Ends up it was just forearm tightness/strain and nothing worse.
Obviously you fear Tommy John surgery when there is anything going wrong in the forearm area, so hopefully it’s nothing significant for Davidson and he’ll be able to return rather quickly.
The 25-year-old was really starting to put it together at the big league level before Tuesday night and Atlanta will need him down the stretch.
Braves Call Up Another Hot Prospect
To replace Davidson, who officially went on the 10-day IL, the Braves called up their 5th best overall prospect, according to MLB.com, in lefty Kyle Muller.
At 6-foot-7 he’s an imposing figure on the mound with an upper 90s fastball.
So far this season at Triple-A he has 4.60 ERA in 31.1 innings with 41 strikeouts. But as is the case with a lot of tall pitchers who throw really hard, he struggles with command issuing 19 walks in those 31.1 innings.
Muller isn’t coming up to replace Davidson in the rotation, that will likely be Bryse Wilson whenever that spot comes up again.
I am very curious to see how Muller does in a bullpen role as it seems like an opportunity for him to be dominant — and perhaps he could be a huge addition to the bullpen in the second half of the season.
He can really just focus on using two of his pitches in the fastball and slider, or the fastball and curveball — whatever off-speed pitch is working better for him that day.
I’m really excited to see what he can do and am very hopeful that perhaps he can stick in the bullpen and give them a boost that they desperately need.